Definition of spacecraft
: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere
Recent Examples of spacecraft from the Web
In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla, Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Russian Oleg Novitskiy and Frenchman Thomas Pesquet will aim for the steppes of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz spacecraft, ending a 5 1/2 -month mission.
A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year.
In 1976, the Helios 2 spacecraft came within 27 million miles of the sun's surface.
Two years ago, the U.S. Marshals Service put the bag up for auction along with a launch key for a Soviet 1980s spacecraft Soyuz T-14 and a headrest for an Apollo command module.
Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers).
In an unexpected turn, however, another group of entrepreneurs have invited them aboard their spacecraft.
The spacecraft is to make the same number of orbits and collect the same amount of data, and the longer mission means that Juno may be able to detect slow changes in the magnetic field.
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First Known Use of spacecraft
SPACECRAFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spacecraft for English Language Learners
: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space
SPACECRAFT Defined for Kids
Definition of spacecraft for Students
: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere
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